2011 BCS Championship: The Best and Worst from Auburn's Win Over Oregon

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIJanuary 11, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Head coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers celebrates the Tigers 22-19 victory as he holds up the Coaches Trophy after defeating the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Now that the BCS Championship has been decided and the Auburn Tigers have won in one of the best BCS games ever, here is a list of the best and worst of the BCS.

Best Team

Auburn. The Tigers passed every test and had the toughest schedule in the country. They proved why they are the best team in the best conference.


Player of the Game

Michael Dyer, Auburn. Wow, this kid basically saved Auburn with his running. It wasn’t Cam that made the big plays, it was Dyer.


Biggest Disappointment

LaMichael James, Oregon. I don’t know if he was hurt or if it was his offensive line, but James didn’t look like the third-best player in the country out there. He looked small and slow at times.


Second-Biggest Disappointment

Cam Newton, Auburn. For all the hype he received, Cam almost lost Auburn the game.


Best Player on the Field

Nick Fairley, Auburn. I still think Fairley is a dirty player, but he was the best player on the field for Auburn. He was a one-man wrecking crew.  As Brent Musburger said, hope he likes Carolina Blue, because he is most likely going to be a Carolina Panther.


Best Coach

Gus Malzahn, Auburn. Where would this team be without this guy? He was instrumental in helping bring Cam Newton to Auburn and his offense made Newton a star. LSU, are you listening?


Worst Coach

Chip Kelly, Oregon. Where was his offensive genius tonight? I was very unimpressed by Kelly and his playcalling. He made a mistake in trying to force a running game tonight against Auburn’s defensive line, and his red zone playcalling left a lot to be desired.


Best Analysis

How about Greg McElroy from Alabama? The kid totally blew away the folks at ESPN with his analysis, and while most people were picking Auburn in a blowout, McElroy picked Oregon and almost nailed it.


Best Advertising

Nick Saban, Alabama. What best way to keep your team on everyone's minds then by going on ESPN along with your quarterback to analyze the game? Smart move by Saban.


Best Conference

Is there ANY question why the SEC is STILL the best conference? No, the SEC didn’t blow away everyone this bowl season, but it still won another national championship, which is the conference's fifth in a row. The SEC West alone was 4-1 this bowl season.


Best Reason for a BCS Playoff

Auburn 22, Oregon 19. I am not one of those people who think a college football playoff is a good thing, but neither team tonight blew me away with its performance. I believe TCU would have beaten Oregon or Auburn tonight and probably deserves a shot.

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